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Old 02-11-2019, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Donít judge this too harshly. Itís my first attempt at this type of turning (Iím not even sure what you call it) and I knew it would be a learning experience and boy was it. I used some maple that I had lying around rather than a nice piece of burl that I purchased to do one of these. First off, I added blue pearl-ex powder to give it some blue color. I added too much so itís not as transparent as I would like. Secondly, my whale was less dense than the alumilite. I suspended with fishing line thinking it would sink, it actually floated upward in the pressure pot. This contributed to other issues. I mixed up some more alumilite to pour on top of the cast but dropped the cup creating one heck of a mess. After cleaning up my mess I mixed up the remainder of my resin but did not have enough to get the depth that I wanted. This caused my whale to be to close to the top and did not give me room to make a sphere. Despite my issues, I think this is a promising start.

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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As a SCUBA diver, I believe this view of your cast is just about perfect. Pristine clarity is a special occurrence that is appreciated, but it is usually within 30-40-50 feet. And at depth, colors disappear resulting is much of what you ended up with.

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As a SCUBA diver, I believe this view of your cast is just about perfect. Pristine clarity is a special occurrence that is appreciated, but it is usually within 30-40-50 feet. And at depth, colors disappear resulting is much of what you ended up with.

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Thanks. Itís whatever Lida wants it to be. She did mention paperweight.
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One has to start somewhere. I like it. However, had to skip the photo after a couple of seconds- started to get seasick.
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Nothing looks right when we start... It gets better and produced faster after while. You are commended for getting started and taking a shot.
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I think its pretty cool! How big is it Cody?
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